COUNCIL has moved to allay fears it is not doing enough to prevent future flooding in Yenda, announcing a number of possible solutions at its meeting on Tuesday night.
Work to clean silt out the town's drainage system has already begun and council is compiling a list of projects that could quell "nuisance flooding" after heavy rain.
Close to 100 locals attended council's presentation at Yenda Diggers Club.
Engineering manager Graham Gordon explained staff were considering creating a detention basin between Yenda and Yoogali to allow water to drain out of Yenda without causing downstream flooding.
He said a proposal from Yenda Rotary Club to install two pumps at the bottom end of Dredge Street was high on the list of priorities.
"We are exploring all possible options of getting cost-effective solutions for Yenda's drainage problems," Mr Gordon said.
"This is a large catchment and there are lot of flows coming in from the north and the east.
"We need a way to remove water from Yenda, but we have to be mindful of how that affects towns downstream."
The list of solutions will be presented for council's approval at its December 11 meeting.
Mayor John Dal Broi and general manager Brett Stonestreet have organised a rare meeting with Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) next week to discuss its plans for flood mitigation.
Many residents have blamed MI for the inundation of Yenda after it failed to open a decommissioned regulator to keep water flowing down Mirrool Creek instead of into the area's channel system.
Locals demanded council take action to convince MI to re-open the regulator.
"This structure was put in by our forefathers with a lot of forethought," resident Gordon Cannard said.
"While it was in use, the villages had never flooded before what is all the fuss about restoring it to what it was?"
Yenda homeowner Ron Davies, who travelled 200km to attend the meeting, urged council to take legal action against MI.
"By concreting up part of the regulator, they have magnified the whole situation here," Mr Davies said.
"If council doesn't take any action, I will be very interested to get involved myself."
While residents will have to wait for most of their answers, investigations into the Yenda Rotary plan will be fast-tracked so it can be implemented early next year.